Director: John Whitesell
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Runtime: 103 Minutes
Main Cast: Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey, Kristin Chenoweth, Frances Fisher, Jessica Capshaw, Andrew Bachelor, Manish Dayal, Alex Moffatt, Jake Manley, Cynthy Wu
Plot: Sloane (Emma Roberts) is fed up of her family badgering her about not having a boyfriend every holiday, and Jackson (Luke Bracey) is tired of casual dating. When the two of them meet, they agree to be each other’s ‘Holidate’ for every holiday of the year.
My Thoughts: Oh yes, it’s that time of year when Netflix starts dishing out the festive movies. Some will be great, others will be terrible, and most will be a bit of cheesy fun. That’s certainly where Holidate fits in to. I mean, reading the plot alone is enough to make your eyes roll, but as long as the leads are likable and have good chemistry then that’s all you need. Thankfully, Sloane and Jackson are undoubtedly believable as a couple, even though they have a firm dislike of each other at first.
There are some great romcoms out there that try to make fun of their own genre, and when it works, it’s so much fun. I’m thinking of Isn’t It Romantic (2019) in particular – highly recommended if you haven’t seen it already. Holidate tries to do a similar thing, but it doesn’t pull it off quite as well. There is one bit in particular that I loved, and it was when Sloane and Jackson shared their love for Ryan Gosling, and it turned into a full blown reference to Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), one of my favourite movies ever.
So, yes, there were plenty of moments I liked but at the end of the day, it wasn’t that great of a movie. I started to lose interest when it went into the typical plot of the couple falling out only to come back together again. If you’re looking for a festive romcom that pushes the boundaries of the genre then this isn’t the movie for you, but all I wanted was something lighthearted to make me feel a bit festive in these rubbish times and it did the trick for me.
Best Bit: There’s a scene set at Easter, filmed in slo-mo where dozens of children are running over a hill to collect eggs, shoving each other out of the way and trampling anyone in their path. That’s funny enough, but the song ‘move b***h, get out the way’ was playing and I laughed so hard.
Worst Bit: I struggle to write about movies I found to be mediocre, it’s much easier to write about something I’ve loved or even hated, so this was a tough post to write. What’s worse is that WordPress glitched and deleted the whole draft just as I’d finished…so I’ve had to write it twice!
Fun Trivia: Manish Dayal, who plays Faarooq, a doctor, also plays a doctor on The Resident.
My Rating: 2 and a half copies of Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), the most superior romcom of all.